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Professor John Burns

Professor John Burns

Professor of Management & Accountancy

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+44 (0) 1392 726106

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

I joined Exeter Business School in 2010. Previous academic positions have been held at the universities of Dundee, Colorado (USA), and Manchester.

Broadly, my research interest is in understanding and theorising both continuity and change in organisations. My work is qualitative, and usually takes the form of theoretically-informed case studies. I frequently draw on institutional theory or structuration theory to inform my interpretations. 

Past publications have appeared in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and SocietyOrganization StudiesQualitative Research in Accounting and Management, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability JournalCritical Perspectives on AccountingManagement Accounting Research, and European Accounting Review.

I am currently also a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin (Ireland) and Trondheim Business School (Norway).

Research

Research interests

Broadly, my research interest is in understanding and theorising both continuity and change in organisations. My work is qualitative, and usually takes the form of theoretically-informed case studies. I frequently draw on institutional theory or structuration theory to inform my interpretations.

Current themes I am working on include: performance management and management control in the public sector (e.g., hospitals, higher education and schools); and accounting for product development in the automobile industry.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Burns J, Englund H, Gerdin J (2017). A structuration theory perspective on the interplay between strategy and accounting: unpacking social continuity and transformation. Critical Perspectives on Accounting Abstract.
Burns J, Euske KJ, Malina MA (2014). Debating diversity in management accounting research. Advances in Management Accounting, 24, 39-59. Abstract.  Full text.
Contrafatto M, Burns J (2013). Social and environmental accounting, organisational change and management accounting: a processual view. Management Accounting Research, 24(4), 349-365. Abstract.  Full text.
Burns J, Nixon WA (2012). The paradox of strategic management accounting. Management Accounting Research, 23(4), 229-244. Abstract.  Full text.
Burns J, Englund H, Gerdin J (2011). 25 years of Giddens in accounting research: achievements, limitations and the future. Accounting, Organizations & Society, 36(8), 494-513. Abstract.  Full text.
Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Nørreklit H, Scapens RW (2009). The image of accountants: from bean counters to extreme accountants. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 22(6), 858-882. Abstract.

Publications by category


Books

Burns J, Oliveira J, Quinn M, Warren E (2013). Management Accounting., McGraw-Hill.
Burns J, Ezzamel M, Scapens RW (2003). Challenge of Management Accounting Change. London, Elsevier/CIMA.
Scapens RW, Burns J, Ezzamel M, Baldvinsdottir G (2003). The changing nature of management accounting in the UK. London, Elsevier/CIMA Publishing.

Journal articles

Burns J, Englund H, Gerdin J (2017). A structuration theory perspective on the interplay between strategy and accounting: unpacking social continuity and transformation. Critical Perspectives on Accounting Abstract.
Burns J, Nixon B, Jazayeri M (2015). Achieving full-cycle financial targets through collaboration. Financial Management
Burns J, Nixon B, Jazayeri M (2014). Balancing the relative emphasis on products and profits. Financial Management
Burns J, Euske KJ, Malina MA (2014). Debating diversity in management accounting research. Advances in Management Accounting, 24, 39-59. Abstract.  Full text.
Burns J (2014). Qualitative management accounting research in QRAM: Some reflections. Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, 11(1), 71-81. Abstract.  Full text.
Burns J (2014). Reflections on the business partner. Controlling and Management Review
Burns J, Baldvinsdottir G, Norreklit H, Scapens R (2013). A business partner in the 1960s. Financial Managment
Contrafatto M, Burns J (2013). Social and environmental accounting, organisational change and management accounting: a processual view. Management Accounting Research, 24(4), 349-365. Abstract.  Full text.
Burns J, Nixon WAJ, Jazayeri M (2012). Profitable new product design and development. Financial Management(April).
Burns J, Nixon B (2012). Strategic management accounting. Management Accounting Research, 23(4), 225-228.
Burns J, Nixon WA (2012). The paradox of strategic management accounting. Management Accounting Research, 23(4), 229-244. Abstract.  Full text.
Burns J, Englund H, Gerdin J (2011). 25 years of Giddens in accounting research: achievements, limitations and the future. Accounting, Organizations & Society, 36(8), 494-513. Abstract.  Full text.
Burns J, Quinn M (2011). The routinisation of management controls in software. Journal of Management Control, 22(1), 5-24. Abstract.  Full text.
Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Norreklit H, Scapens RW (2010). Professional Accounting Media - Accountants Handing over Control to the System. Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, 3(7), 395-414. Abstract.
Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Norreklit H, Scapens RW (2009). Images of the Profession. Financial Management (CIMA), 33-34.
Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Nørreklit H, Scapens RW (2009). The image of accountants: from bean counters to extreme accountants. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 22(6), 858-882. Abstract.
Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Norreklit H, Scapens RW (2009). The management accountant's role. Financial Management (CIMA), 34-35.
Ahrens T, Becker A, Burns J, Chapman CS, Granlund M, Habersam M, Hansen A, Khalifa R, Malmi T, Mennicken A, et al (2008). The future of interpretive accounting research - a polyphonic debate. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 19(6), 840-866.
Burns J, Nielsen K (2006). How do embedded agents engage in institutional change?. Journal of Economic Issues, 40(2), 449-456. Abstract.
Burns J, Baldvinsdottir G (2005). An institutional perspective of accountants: new roles - the interplay of contradictions and praxis. European Accounting Review, 14(4), 725-757. Abstract.
Nixon W, Burns J (2005). Management control in the 21st century. Management Accounting Research, 16(3), 260-268.
Ezzamel M, Burns J (2005). Professional competition, economic value added, and management control strategies. Organization Studies, 26(5), 775-777. Abstract.
Burns J, Vaivio J (2001). Management accounting change. Management Accounting Research, 12(4), 389-402.
Burns J, Yazdifar H (2001). Trick or treats - the changing roles of management accountants. Financial Management (CIMA), 30-32.
Burns J, Scapens RW (2000). Conceptualising Management Accounting Change: an Institutional Framework. Management Accounting Research, 11(1), 3-25. Abstract.
Burns J (2000). The Dynamics of Accounting Change: Inter-play of New Practices, Routines, Institutions, Power and Politics. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 13(5), 566-596. Abstract.
Burns J, Ezzamel M, Scapens RW (1999). Management accounting change in the UK. Management Accounting (CIMA), 28-30.
Burns J, Scapens RW, Turley S (1997). The crunch for numbers. Accountancy (ICAEW), 86-87.
Burns J, Scapens RW, Turley S (1996). Some further thoughts on the changing practice of management accounting. Management Accounting (CIMA), 58-61.

Chapters

Burns J, Dey C (2010). Integrated reporting at Novo Nordisk. In Hopwood A, Unerman J, Fries J (Eds.) Accounting for Sustainability, London: Earthscan, 197-214.
Burns J, Scapens RW (2008). Organizational routines in accounting. In Becker MC (Ed) Handbook of Organizational Routines, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 87-106.
Burns J, Baldvinsdottir G (2007). The changing roles of management accountants. In Hopper T, Scapens RW, Northcott D (Eds.) Issues in management accounting, Prentice Hall, 107-132.  Abstract.
Moll J, Burns J, Major M (2006). Institutional theory. In Hoque Z (Ed) Methodological issues in accounting research, Spiramus Pr, 183-205.
Burns J (2004). Confessions of a research assistant. In Humphrey C, Lee W (Eds.) The real life guide to accounting research, Elsevier Science Ltd, 163-189.  Abstract.
Dietrich M, Burns J (2000). Industrial policy, industrial change and institutional inertia. In Elsner W, Groenewegen J (Eds.) Industrial policies after 2000, Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishing, 145-173.

Reports

Burns J, Jazayeri M, Nixon WAJ (2011). The role of management accounting in new product design and development decisions. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA),  London, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). 10 pages.
Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Norreklit H, Scapens RW (2010). Risk manager or risque manager? the new platform for the management accountant. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA),  London, CIMA. 7 pages.

Publications by year


2017

Burns J, Englund H, Gerdin J (2017). A structuration theory perspective on the interplay between strategy and accounting: unpacking social continuity and transformation. Critical Perspectives on Accounting Abstract.

2015

Burns J, Nixon B, Jazayeri M (2015). Achieving full-cycle financial targets through collaboration. Financial Management

2014

Burns J, Nixon B, Jazayeri M (2014). Balancing the relative emphasis on products and profits. Financial Management
Burns J, Euske KJ, Malina MA (2014). Debating diversity in management accounting research. Advances in Management Accounting, 24, 39-59. Abstract.  Full text.
Burns J (2014). Qualitative management accounting research in QRAM: Some reflections. Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, 11(1), 71-81. Abstract.  Full text.
Burns J (2014). Reflections on the business partner. Controlling and Management Review

2013

Burns J, Baldvinsdottir G, Norreklit H, Scapens R (2013). A business partner in the 1960s. Financial Managment
Burns J, Oliveira J, Quinn M, Warren E (2013). Management Accounting., McGraw-Hill.
Contrafatto M, Burns J (2013). Social and environmental accounting, organisational change and management accounting: a processual view. Management Accounting Research, 24(4), 349-365. Abstract.  Full text.

2012

Burns J, Nixon WAJ, Jazayeri M (2012). Profitable new product design and development. Financial Management(April).
Burns J, Nixon B (2012). Strategic management accounting. Management Accounting Research, 23(4), 225-228.
Burns J, Nixon WA (2012). The paradox of strategic management accounting. Management Accounting Research, 23(4), 229-244. Abstract.  Full text.

2011

Burns J, Englund H, Gerdin J (2011). 25 years of Giddens in accounting research: achievements, limitations and the future. Accounting, Organizations & Society, 36(8), 494-513. Abstract.  Full text.
Burns J, Jazayeri M, Nixon WAJ (2011). The role of management accounting in new product design and development decisions. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA),  London, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). 10 pages.
Burns J, Quinn M (2011). The routinisation of management controls in software. Journal of Management Control, 22(1), 5-24. Abstract.  Full text.

2010

Burns J, Dey C (2010). Integrated reporting at Novo Nordisk. In Hopwood A, Unerman J, Fries J (Eds.) Accounting for Sustainability, London: Earthscan, 197-214.
Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Norreklit H, Scapens RW (2010). Professional Accounting Media - Accountants Handing over Control to the System. Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, 3(7), 395-414. Abstract.
Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Norreklit H, Scapens RW (2010). Risk manager or risque manager? the new platform for the management accountant. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA),  London, CIMA. 7 pages.

2009

Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Norreklit H, Scapens RW (2009). Images of the Profession. Financial Management (CIMA), 33-34.
Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Nørreklit H, Scapens RW (2009). The image of accountants: from bean counters to extreme accountants. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 22(6), 858-882. Abstract.
Baldvinsdottir G, Burns J, Norreklit H, Scapens RW (2009). The management accountant's role. Financial Management (CIMA), 34-35.

2008

Burns J, Scapens RW (2008). Organizational routines in accounting. In Becker MC (Ed) Handbook of Organizational Routines, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 87-106.
Ahrens T, Becker A, Burns J, Chapman CS, Granlund M, Habersam M, Hansen A, Khalifa R, Malmi T, Mennicken A, et al (2008). The future of interpretive accounting research - a polyphonic debate. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 19(6), 840-866.

2007

Burns J, Baldvinsdottir G (2007). The changing roles of management accountants. In Hopper T, Scapens RW, Northcott D (Eds.) Issues in management accounting, Prentice Hall, 107-132.  Abstract.

2006

Burns J, Nielsen K (2006). How do embedded agents engage in institutional change?. Journal of Economic Issues, 40(2), 449-456. Abstract.
Moll J, Burns J, Major M (2006). Institutional theory. In Hoque Z (Ed) Methodological issues in accounting research, Spiramus Pr, 183-205.

2005

Burns J, Baldvinsdottir G (2005). An institutional perspective of accountants: new roles - the interplay of contradictions and praxis. European Accounting Review, 14(4), 725-757. Abstract.
Nixon W, Burns J (2005). Management control in the 21st century. Management Accounting Research, 16(3), 260-268.
Ezzamel M, Burns J (2005). Professional competition, economic value added, and management control strategies. Organization Studies, 26(5), 775-777. Abstract.

2004

Burns J (2004). Confessions of a research assistant. In Humphrey C, Lee W (Eds.) The real life guide to accounting research, Elsevier Science Ltd, 163-189.  Abstract.

2003

Burns J, Ezzamel M, Scapens RW (2003). Challenge of Management Accounting Change. London, Elsevier/CIMA.
Scapens RW, Burns J, Ezzamel M, Baldvinsdottir G (2003). The changing nature of management accounting in the UK. London, Elsevier/CIMA Publishing.

2001

Burns J, Vaivio J (2001). Management accounting change. Management Accounting Research, 12(4), 389-402.
Burns J, Yazdifar H (2001). Trick or treats - the changing roles of management accountants. Financial Management (CIMA), 30-32.

2000

Burns J, Scapens RW (2000). Conceptualising Management Accounting Change: an Institutional Framework. Management Accounting Research, 11(1), 3-25. Abstract.
Dietrich M, Burns J (2000). Industrial policy, industrial change and institutional inertia. In Elsner W, Groenewegen J (Eds.) Industrial policies after 2000, Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishing, 145-173.
Burns J (2000). The Dynamics of Accounting Change: Inter-play of New Practices, Routines, Institutions, Power and Politics. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 13(5), 566-596. Abstract.

1999

Burns J, Ezzamel M, Scapens RW (1999). Management accounting change in the UK. Management Accounting (CIMA), 28-30.

1997

Burns J, Scapens RW, Turley S (1997). The crunch for numbers. Accountancy (ICAEW), 86-87.

1996

Burns J, Scapens RW, Turley S (1996). Some further thoughts on the changing practice of management accounting. Management Accounting (CIMA), 58-61.

External positions

  • Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Visiting Professor at Trondheim Business School, Norway

My primary teaching responsibilities for the academic year 2016-17 will be with a 3rd year undergraduate (optional) module.

Modules

2016/17